Fundi celebrates with Class of 2023

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The Class of 2023 had much to celebrate last month as they gathered at their former schools one last time to get their matric results and share these with their families, friends and teachers. With a record-high pass rate of 82.9% being achieved nationally, and 40.9% of matrics obtaining Bachelors’ passes, top achievers are being celebrated and their individual stories heard at celebratory events being hosted by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), across all provinces. Fundi has contributed to many of these provincial events, sponsoring various awards to give learners a head-start as they step onto their future paths.

Local matriculants received their final results at schools across the country only a short while ago. “The Class of 2023 achieved extraordinary results, despite facing considerable challenges, including unprecedented levels of rolling blackouts throughout their matric year,” says Mala Suriah, CEO of Fundi. “This specific generation of learners can be expected to continue showing their courage, character and remarkable resilience in future years.”

Head of Human Capital at Fundi Anelani Ndou accepted the Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Fundi in Mpumalanga.

She notes that the country’s learners keep delivering top results: engaging possibility and asserting their potential in their individual life-paths. “This year’s record-high pass rate of 82.9% continues the climb from last year’s rate of 80.1%. We’re seeing young leaders emerge, who are destined to build a strong civil society and give back to South Africa. The insights and intentions many top achievers shared at the recent celebrations are uplifting and reflect a broader spirit of reaching for all that is good in our country.”

Top matric performers were honoured at a range of formal celebrations across the country, with Fundi supporting these national announcements. The organisation rewarded 33 learners for their achievements with mall vouchers to a collective value of almost R50 000. 

The Fundi team was also on hand in various provinces to congratulate top performers with

laptops, tablets and travel bags: awards specifically geared to help top matriculants take their next steps towards further learning. “Our role is to help as many students as possible to access their full potential – starting now. Experience in the space has taught us that holistic support is critical for long-term success,” notes Suriah.

In her engagements with the Class of 2023, Suriah has recommended that these learners use the next few weeks to consolidate their plans and shape their next chapter: “If you haven’t connected with us yet to find out how we can help you on your journey, please do. Our Fundiverse ( has been designed to unlock everything you need as a student – from funding to accommodation, apps and data, all the way through to coaching and peer advice on our FundiConnect platform. Students needing bursaries should also visit our NPO, the Fundi Foundation, to see how and if we can assist.”